Beauty by way of simplicity courtesy of the Modern Motorcycle Company

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Our friends at BikeExif are very much in the know when the subject is two-wheeled machinery. Their latest find is a true stunner, and it comes by way of the Modern Motorcycle Company located in Melbourne, Australia. The look of the this custom Yamaha XS650 is simple yet it’s also rather stunning at the same time. The owner of the bike turned to Christian Condo and his MMCC team to create this classic looker, and I’d say they nailed the styling.

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10 responses to “Beauty by way of simplicity courtesy of the Modern Motorcycle Company”

  1. wunno sev Avatar
    wunno sev

    i like the bike, but i have to disagree with its creator on his views on modern motorbikes:
    “By the mid 20th Century, motorcycles had evolved to a point where they were reliable and functional, but still humble and elegant … made of honest materials with a spirit of simplicity and ingenuity. Since then they’ve become increasingly plastic, angular, over-decorated and over-engineered.”
    i don't disagree that simplicity is nice, but motorcycles today are faster and better in jsut about every quantifiable way than older ones. a carburetor is an elegant design, but when you have the brute power of a computer measuring and adjusting thousands of times per second you can get better performance, and the power to do that is cheap as chips in 2013.
    the fairings, the fuel injection, the fat tires and fancy materials, they all have a purpose. maybe that purpose isn't in line with the needs of most motorcyclists, but they are improvements, not frivolity. i'm not saying there's no place for a motorcycle that looks or works like this one, but i cannot advocate the abandonment of progress.
    a caveat – i don't ride. the most i can say is that i've worked with motorcycle engines before.

  2. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
    Peter Tanshanomi

    Where do I start?
    – straight pipes
    – pipe wrap
    – plank seat
    – handgrips almost lower than the tank
    – Amal Concentrics (on a Japanese bike?)
    – pod filters
    – no front fender
    – repop Firestones…
    …what a steaming pile of hipster.

    1. Alff Avatar

      How about something with a bit more character?
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      1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
        Peter Tanshanomi

        No, but I'd take this in a heartbeat…
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      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        That picture is a nutshell.

        1. Peter Tanshanomi Avatar
          Peter Tanshanomi

          He needs a pipe.

  3. Batshitbox Avatar

    Go ahead, try to find an unmolested XS650. With the longest production run of any motorcycle (or so I'm told, '68-'85) the "Bike that killed Triumph" has in recent decades gone from being the go-to bike for any new rider or poor 20something in need of a cheap, disposable UJM (I had three in the late '90s, I only paid $100 for the second one 'cause it had a title, the other two were thrown away by previous owners, I sold the lot to another guy with too many XS650s for $300) to being the go-to bike for amateur bobbers, choppers cafe posers and other folks in need of a cheap disposable UJM to being no longer cheap. Typical up-marketing; it happens to bad neighborhoods, it happened to the Hot-Rod scene so long ago no one remembers deuce coupes lying in scrapyards like cord wood.
    There's still a bobbed XS650 in my garage (with Schwinn handlebars, welded-on vice grips and lawnmower parts and a plank for a seat), though it belongs to Honey Bunny, who inherited it when a her brother couldn't ride it anymore. They had both bought XS650s, independently of one another, as first bikes in the '80s.

  4. Irishzombieman Avatar

    It's not the worst thing I've ever seen. At least the quality of workmanship is good. Maybe this bike was completely trashed and junkyard-bound and this is a genuine improvement over the alternative.
    But I lament the poor UJM spirit that once inhabited this machine, before it was banished by the bobber demon.
    /pours gasoline out on the floor

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